New HEFCE reports on factors that influence postgraduate enrolment

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has today published a review showing students' economic background, school history and undergraduate institution all play a role in determining levels of enrolment at postgraduate level.

The 'Postgraduate education in England and Northern Ireland' report also highlights that the English postgraduate sector is globally successful, and postgraduates gain considerable benefits from their study, including increased employability and earnings.

Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

     ‘Postgraduate education in England thrives in a climate of limited regulation and shared contributions from individuals, government and business’

Another report, published today presents the trends in transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study, focusing on full-time first degree UK qualifiers from English higher education institutions between 2002-03 and 2010-11.

HEFCE has also announced extra funding which focuses on increasing access to postgraduate education, which has been identified as a potential barrier to social mobility.